Maday - like anyone reading this post - can respond to this as they like. Your opinions, DSO, are subjective by nature. The content of what we are discussing, is extremely subjective, and a point of passion for many folks here. I expect some people will have their perspectives challenged in this thread. I also expect everyone to engage in as respectful, mature individuals in this thread. Because a large part of this discussion will hinge on the participants either being accepting of any differences encountered, or the difficult task of agreeing to disagree.
If you (reader) don't feel you can handle that: Don't engage here.
I'm not going to speak for Maday. I am speaking for me, and what my personal take is on how a community like ours should interact with each other. You won't be able to read this post without the implication of what comes with any Staff opinion, so no matter how I preface this it will read as the opinion of MadCast.
I don't say that to muzzle any member or founder. The opinions in the OP are subjective, as are my own. I expect no-one to 'fall in line' simply because I said it.
I've had some time to revisit and think on the Kal and Maday's interaction, and how it was a failure of both individuals.
Having a leader of this community refusing to consider another perspective or what it implied was an issue in the moment that should not have happened. Having a member - a previous admin - unable to convey those terms in a way that befits the Code of Conduct was another. I regret what happened, and I regret that two members of our community could not engage in a matter that could have been a learning moment for those involved. It could have been an issue conquered by respect. It should have been an issue resolved by mature individuals that understood the necessity of our Code of Conduct.
All of this would have been handled if members respected each other. There would never have been the argument on what a content creator stood for and how you support their message by providing them views. There never would have been indifference had the situation been explained with eloquence and the intent to educate. No error is greater than the other here. This was a failure to respect on both accounts.
What was worse was that one person party to the issue, unfortunately, felt it necessary to no longer be a member. My opinion on their reasons, or the value that member provided to the community is irrelevant. Their decision played part to an issue unresolved, which lead members having concerns, which lead to you making this post. The resolution of this post/issue for the community is now a part our continual effort to be better people. We are fallible individuals that are a part of a community that strives to be greater.
The community I want to lead/celebrate/work for/simply be a part of is above all a respectful one. I fail to adhere to that at all times, and I've seen two members falter here too.
As I said to the members I spoke to after Town Hall: This is not the first time we have had subjective topics with individuals disagreeing and it leading to a failure to respect one another. This is not the first time that we will be required to challenge our individual views on issues that may or may not have been encountered.
Our responsibility as a community - as members of all levels of MadCast - is to maintain an environment where we are not toxic, and where we respect everyone we encounter.